Which people in America are depressed, overworked and just plain fed up? We can tell who’s stressed out the most by measuring telling statistics online.
Like which places have the highest cost of living, high unemployment rates and long commute times, as well as who is working the most. You can even include which states have the lowest uninsured residents.
We begin our stressed out tour of the US in none other than Mississippi. It can’t be the cost of housing . And Mississippi is the least expensive place to live in the country.
Here in Virginia, people are stressed for different reasons. In rural Virginia, higher than average taxes and lower than average pay mean people are working longer hours to keep their heads above water.
You have the opposite problem in the metro DC area.
8. North Carolina
North Carolina is a pretty nice place, but when you look at the data, people are kinda stressed. I live here and I know – outside of Durham, this part of the state near Raleigh is pretty stress free. However, like 5,000 people a month are moving to the Raleigh area, and it seems like traffic on the 40 is worse and worse each day.
Being the 7th most stressed out state has its perks. You have a reason to complain. But Maryland pretty much has the same set up Virginia has – the Maryland DC crowd is stressed for the same reasons the Virginia DC crowd is.
Don’t ever call Louisianans lazy. No siree – they work the most hours of any other state in the country. But the issue here is like that of places like Mississippi – you work long hours, but the job scene is lacking in fruitfulness. Outside of working in the oil industry – which provides great jobs and steady pay – there’s not a lot of high-income opportunities here.
5. New York
Of course, this place is stressed out. They have by far the longest commutes in the nation, and that’s when the damn subways are all running properly. Plus, the cost of living here is through the roof. Taxes are about $1,000 a month, and perhaps higher if you own property. Rent in downtown gets you nothing for a lot.
California ranks second in home price to income ratio in America, so even if you make a lot of money, your rent and/or mortgage will eat up most of your income, leaving you looking for used iPhones on Craigslist and drinking 2 buck chucks.
The Sunshine State has the same problems the Golden State has – except just worse. And a quite a few Floridians lack health insurance, are out of work, and struggle to make ends meet.
Georgians rank in the top 10 for three categories. They’re the 5th most out of work, have the 5th highest number of unhealthy, uninsured residents, and commute times are the eighth worst.
1. New Jersey
Is it their long work hours? Having to sit in traffic on Route 1? Are there just too many people in this state and they’re all driving each other insane?
Yes, yes and yes.
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